Dricus Du Plessis biography: 13 things about UFC fighter born in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa

Dricus Du Plessis is a South African professional mixed martial artist and a second-degree black belt in kickboxing born in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa. Using the fight name Stillknocks, he competes in the middleweight and welterweight divisions.

From 2013 to 2017, Du Plessis competed in the Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC). He had 12 bouts in the promotion, which all took place in South Africa.


From 2018 to 2019, he competed in the Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) and the EFC. In 2020, he made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Du Plessis stands 6’0″. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He trained judo from 1999 to 2004 and wrestling from 2006 to 2008.
  2. In 2009, he started competing as a K-1 kickboxer. He went on to become the Amateur K-1 SA Champion.
  3. In 2012, he became the first ever World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) K-1 World Champion from South Africa. He was the WAKO Junior K-1 World Champion.
  4. On July 25, 2013, he made his professional MMA debut as a middleweight fighter at “EFC Africa 21” at the Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa. He knocked out Tshikangu “Tez” Makuebo of Johannesburg, Gauteng in the first round.
  5. He studied agricultural economics the University of Pretoria. He dropped out in his final year when he got his shot at the EFC Middleweight Championship. An undefeated MMA fighter with 4 wins, he failed to win the title on August 30, 2014 at “EFC Africa 33” at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He was submitted by Garrett “Soldier Boy” McLellan of Johannesburg via guillotine choke in the third round, marking his first professional MMA loss.
  6. On June 6, 2015, he made his debut as a welterweight fighter at “EFC Africa 40” at the Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World. He submitted Dino “The Lion” Bagattin of Johannesburg in the second round.
  7. On June 17, 2016, he became the EFC Welterweight Champion. He won the then vacant title by submitting Martin “The Punisher” van Staden of Durban in the third round at “EFC Africa 50” at the Sun City Resort in Sun City, North West Province, South Africa. On December 9, 2016, he returned to the middleweight division at “EFC Africa 56” at the Carnival City Casino in Johannesburg. He submitted Rafal Haratyk of Bielsko-Biala, Poland via guillotine choke in the second round. On August 19, 2017, he became the EFC Middleweight Champion by dethroning then champion Yannick “Black Mamba” Bahati of Erdington, West Midlands, England at “EFC Africa 62” at the Carnival City Caino.
  8. On April 14, 2018, he became the KSW Welterweight Champion by dethroning then champion Roberto Soldić of Vitez, Croatia at “KSW 43” at the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland, which marked his KSW debut and the first time he competed in a professional MMA bout held in Poland, in Europe and outside South Africa. He also won the Performance of the Night award. On October 6, 2018, he lost the KSW Welterweight Championship title to Soldić in their rematch at “KSW 45” in Wembley, London, England. It was his first professional MMA bout in England and second professional MMA bout in Europe.
  9. On September 14, 2019, he returned to the middleweight division. He knocked out Joilton “Peregrino” Lutterbach at “KSW 50” in Wembley.
  10. On December 14, 2019, he returned to the EFC and regained the EFC Middleweight Championship title by dethroning then champion Brendan Lesar of Johannesburg at “EFC Africa 83” at the Times Square in Pretoria.
  11. When he made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 179,” also called “UFC on ESPN+ 37” and “UFC Fight Island 5,” on the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 10, 2020, he knocked out Markus “Maluko” Perez of Brazil in the first round. It was his first professional MMA bout in the UAE and in Asia.
  12. On July 10, 2021, he knocked out Trevin Giles of the United States at “UFC 264” in Paradise, Nevada, USA. On July 2, 2022, he defeated Brad Tavares of the U.S. via unanimous decision at “UFC 276” in Paradise.
  13. He was 28 years old when he submitted Darren Till at “UFC 282” in Paradise on December 10, 2022, which improved his professional MMA record to 18 wins and 2 losses.

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